A fine Chinese chalcedony snuff bottle with carved cameos of an elderly man and child mounted with a pink tourmaline lid was attributed to the school of Zhiting in the Suzhou region of China. From the collection of the late Mrs. John Dilks of Philadelphia, it had originally been acquired from prestigious London snuff bottle dealer Robert Hall. The quality of the carving, the attribution, as well as the provenance of having been vetted by a dealer such as Robert Hall led to the strong sales result of $31,250, five times the auction estimate.

Suzhou, School of Zhiting,
18th/19th Century 
Height with lid: 2 3/4 in.
Estimate: $5,000-$8,000
Sold: $31,250

Property of the late Mrs. John Dilks of Philadelphia, originally purchased from Robert Hall of London